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Bird researcher from Haridwar bestowed with Young Scientist Award

A young researcher from Haridwar, Ashutosh Singh, has been recently conferred with Young Scientist Award for the year 2018 by Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology (UCOST) for his trailblazing work on bioacoustics of Flycatcher birds. Ashutosh focused on seven species of Flycatcher birds who are prevalent in both Eastern and Western Himalayas and studied their vocalization and genetic differences. Around 600 students and associate professors submitted there research work to UCOST out of which close to 50 were awarded.

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Under the guidance of Professor Dinesh Bhatt, he covered many states, including Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Sikkim for his research on the Himalayan birds. During his research, Ashutosh recorded the song pattern of the birds and also collected their blood samples to study their vocal and genetic differences. Out of 19 known species of flycatchers, seven species – Ficedula, Muscicapa, Niltava, Cyornis, Eumiyas, Culcicapa, Muscicapella and Rhinomyias- are found in different parts of the Himalayas.

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